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Old 08-13-2006, 09:55 PM   #1
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Exclamation Price of junkyard motors are out of control!

I just got my 98 Legacy GT wagon for $250, but it has a severe lower end knock, more like a BANG. Anyway, I call around figuring I'll get a used motor for around $500 and get prices of $2000-$2500 for a used motor. That is insane for a junkyard motor. I finally found a junkyard down the street that had an outback with 85k and had a severe accident. They originally wanted $600, but both heads were questionable so I got it for $400. I was planning on doing headgaskets anyway so I'll just use my old heads on the new block. So hopefully this was a score.
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Old 08-13-2006, 10:55 PM   #2
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I don't believe it was, especialy if you're going to have to get it worked on. Nippon motors is a good place to start looking for a reliable used motor.

I hope the motor you just got works for you
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Old 08-13-2006, 11:04 PM   #3
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search in the classifieds on here, i got mine for 700 with 59k delivered to my door complete from oil pan to TB and harness too.
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Old 08-13-2006, 11:10 PM   #4
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I routinely see EJ25s on ebay for about $1000, complete and (theoretically at least) running.

And as 83Rabbit says, I've seen them even cheaper than that on the classifieds here or rs25.com.

Oh, and what's up with a '98 GT wagon for $250?! Did it catch fire or something?
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Old 08-13-2006, 11:29 PM   #5
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A woman owned it and blew the lower end. It was a friend of a friend deal. I told her I only wanted to spend $200 and she wanted $300. I didn't know at the time it was a GT. I figured for the price it was an L. When I found out it was GT wagon with a 5 speed, I could hardly wait to get it.

I looked for over a month in the want ads, craigslist and ebay. It seems in New England that's what they go for. I almost bought a Forester with a bad tranny just for the motor.
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Old 08-14-2006, 12:40 AM   #6
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where are you located?

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Old 08-14-2006, 12:50 AM   #7
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yup same thing with the junkyards here. all of the employees are tools and think they can walk all over you. dont take ANY **** from them. if you know how to talk you can get them down to a decent price. if you feel uncomfortable about the price AT ALL then walk away. dont give those sleezebags any more money than what you think its worth.
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Old 08-14-2006, 01:07 AM   #8
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Thats odd, even the Subaru recycler here (which specializes in subaru parts and is kind of expensive) sells EJ25's for ~$1k
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Old 08-14-2006, 01:15 AM   #9
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No subies around here. I had to drive to Texas for my engine, but it was well worth it.
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